Explain why Napoleon violates resolutions that have been established once he assumes power in "Animal Farm."

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think that this is one of the most fundamental questions that surrounds Napoleon.  It shows how "power corrupts" and that "absolute power corrupts absolutely."  Additionally, Napoleon's violation of resolutions reflect how there is a fundamental difference in trying to obtain power and then securing it for one's own benefit.  Napoleon violates many of the tenets of Animalism, and does so in order to consolidate his own power and sense of control over the animals.  Negotiating and trading with humans, consuming alcohol, and ensuring that the voice of the pigs is the only one heard on the farm are all examples of how Napoleon has violated the commandments to which Animalism is supposed to uphold.  In doing so, Napoleon recognizes the need to ensure that his political power and his sense of control cannot be risked.  Similar to Squealer's ability to twist the truth and facts in order to demonstrate Napoleon's superiority to the other animals, Napoleon feels that compromising and violation of the tenets of Animalism will be able to continue his rule without impediment or obstacle.

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